May 29, 2017 / 3:23 PM / in 2 years

Evacuation of rebels from Damascus district complete, city governor says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The last group of rebels and other people who wanted to leave the besieged Barzeh district of Damascus have done so, the Syrian capital’s governor was quoted as saying on Monday by state television, bringing it under state control.

Some 1,012 people, including 455 fighters, left Barzeh in a bus convoy for rebel-held parts of northern Syria as part of an agreement between the government and insurgents, state TV said.

Reporting By Angus McDowall, editing by Larry King

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